Food Safety


Food Safety

Project Contact

Matt Mulkey Manager, Communications Tel: 202.862.9864

Project Focus:

Improving food safety is critical in the United States, where an estimated 48 million cases of foodborne disease occur annually. Food contaminated with dangerous bacteria and other pathogens such as E. coli and Salmonella cause an estimated 3,000 deaths each year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Foodborne illnesses are particularly dangerous for vulnerable groups, such as young children and older adults, and can lead to long term health problems or even death.

People need to have confidence in the U.S. food supply and a safety system that is based on prevention and scientifically sound risk assessment and management, as well as reliable, comprehensive data.

Pew seeks to reduce health risks from foodborne pathogens by strengthening federal government authority and the enforcement of food safety laws.

New Rules for Imported Foods

New Rules for Imported Foods Press Release

Pew applauds rules that will make sure foreign processors are following U.S. food safety standards to prevent contamination in an increasingly globalized food supply.

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Foodborne Illness Outbreaks Timeline

Foodborne Illness Outbreaks Timeline Data Visualization

This graphic represents all of the multistate foodborne illness outbreaks identified by the CDC since FSMA was enacted that were linked to FDA-regulated products.

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